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26 January 2011

The air - problems & solutions

The air in the kitchen could be problematic, as this is the place where cooking is done. Good ventilation is needed to keep the air clean.

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The kitchen air - problem

The air in the kitchen could be problematic, as this is the place where cooking is done. A lot of moisture and odours are generated here, and good ventilation is needed to keep the air clean and smelling pleasantly. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home and you don't want unpleasant odours keeping people out of it. 

The presence of the kitchen bin and food storage spaces can also affect air quality. Airborne food particles, mixed with moisture in the air, can make surfaces in the kitchen sticky and dirty. Moisture-laden air from the kitchen can also make its way into wall and ceiling cavities.

Pollution from inside the home should be minimised and those living in the home should be alert to signs of inadequate ventilation, such as mould or mildew growth, stuffy air or moisture condensation on cold surfaces.

Kitchen air - solution

Windows that can open wide often can be sufficient in kitchens which do not get used much, but when much cooking is done, proper ventilation systems may need to be installed. These include cooker hoods, smoke extractors, extractor fans or even normal freestanding fans. 

If odours are a problem, there is much that you can do. Air fresheners come in many different fragrances. Some of them are in aerosolised cans, others are fitted to the wall and are operated by triggers. There are even special air fresheners which can be installed behind the kitchen bin, to eliminate odours emanating from there.

With regular cleaning, sufficient ventilation and the use of air fresheners, your kitchen can always be warm and welcoming – a place where not only family, but also friends, like to congregate. 

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